Updated: Feb 4, 2019
With the rise in popularity of streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu, cable television has seen a decline in viewers.
Although television might not be your first go-to when it comes to entertainment, there are still many opportunities for new and seasoned content that viewers will find compelling, many of which can also be viewed on streaming services after premiering on television.
The top seven shows to look out for this fall include:
Fox’s “Empire,” created by Lee Daniels, will start season five this fall as well. The second episode premieres Oct. 3, but “Empire” regularly comes on Fox every Wednesday. “Empire” stars the talented Taraji P Henson and Terrence Howard. The show revolves around the complicated family history and drama with their successful record label called “Empire.” Many guest stars have been featured on the show, such as Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, Estelle, Mary J Blige, Jennifer Hudson and a lot more. The show is also filled with great music and some outstanding performances. “Empire” comes back Wednesday at 8 p.m. on Fox.
Coming on right after “Empire,” “Star” has also gained many viewers and has become very popular throughout the years. Also created by Lee Daniels, the show follows a girl group called “Take 3” and the main character Star has trouble living a dramatic life in Atlanta. Dealing with the loss of her mother, absent father, and abusive relationship, Star uses her music to find an escape, whether good or bad. The show also has great music and features stars like Queen Latifah, Patti Labelle, Ryan Destiny, Brandy and many more. “Star” comes on every Wednesday at 9 p.m.
3. Grey’s Anatomy
“Grey’s Anatomy” kicks off its 15th season on ABC at 8 p.m. The Shonda Rimes show has established great success over the years and has solid fan base that tunes in to watch the new episodes every week. The drama series follows the lives of many medical professionals as they manage to handle their personal lives, as well as the rigor of the medical profession. With this plot, Rhimes has ripped viewers’ hearts out and left us with some good anxiety as the show continues. “Grey’s Anatomy” comes on every Thursday at 8 p.m. on ABC.
4. How to Get Away with Murder
Another great show on ABC is “How to Get Away with Murder.” Executive producer is also Shonda Rimes and this show stars the amazing Viola Davis. Davis plays a powerful lawyer that teaches inside and outside the college classroom on how to get away with murder. Although the main character played by Viola Davis is probably the only character that hasn’t killed anyone, she teaches her students and utilizes evidence and emotions to win various court cases as well as some cases of her own. “How to Get Away with Murder” airs every Thursday at 10 p.m. on ABC.
Ryan Murphy’s new successful drama “9-1-1” premiered last year and has been picked up for a second season. The show features Angela Basset and many more award-winning actors and actresses who star in a show that examines the crazy, scary, dangerous and suspenseful 911 calls that come in every day. The show also circles around the lives of rescue and safety professionals as they manage dramatic lives at home and mentally draining jobs. The action-packed show premieres Mondays at 9 p.m. on FOX.
6. Hell’s Kitchen
Gordon Ramsey has many shows and is one of the few chefs who have created a huge brand around food and creating professional, experienced and seasoned chefs. His show “MasterChef” just ended, but the 18th season of “Hell’s Kitchen” has already begun. Just in case you don’t know, “Hell’s Kitchen” is Gordon Ramsey’s restaurant where chefs compete to be the executive chef. The show is filled with drama and surprises while being quick and fast-paced, with a lot of yelling and screaming. “Hell’s Kitchen” is also filled with interesting challenges that test their skills and keep viewers watching. “Hell’s Kitchen” comes on every Friday at 9 p.m. on FOX.
7. The Big Bang Theory
This is the 12th and potentially final season of “The Big Bang Theory.” This popular sitcom follows a quirky friend group, four of which are super smart scientists, yet socially awkward when it comes to women. Thankfully, Penny, played by Kaley Cuoco, moves in next door to help them navigate their way. This show also stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg. “The Big Bang Theory” airs Thursday nights at 8 p.m. on CBS. If you are already a fan of “The Big Bang Theory,” be sure to check out its prequel “Young Sheldon,” which focuses on the lead character Sheldon Cooper growing up into the brainiac he is today.
By DONOVAN MACK